Hustling fan favorite Shavlik Randolph will not return to the Boston Celtics next season.
Representatives for Randolph, a six-year veteran center, were informed Thursday that the Celtics would not be picking up the $1.1 million option on his contract for the 2013-14 season, reports Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe. Randolph’s departure brings the Celtics’ roster size down to the maximum 15 players, but will not drop them below the $71.7 million luxury tax line.
Randolph, 29, signed two 10-day contracts with the Celtics in March, later signing through the end of the season with a non-guaranteed team option for a second season. He averaged 4.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game over 16 games with the Celtics.
Two weeks ago, 60 percent of NESN.com readers voted to keep Randolph on the roster for the coming season.